\ ˈfelt How to pronounce felt (audio) \

Definition of felt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a cloth made of wool and fur often mixed with natural or synthetic fibers through the action of heat, moisture, chemicals, and pressure
b : a firm woven cloth of wool or cotton heavily napped and shrunk
2 : an article made of felt
3 : a material resembling felt: such as
a : a heavy paper of organic or asbestos fibers impregnated with asphalt and used in building construction
b : semirigid pressed fiber insulation used in building


felted; felting; felts

Definition of felt (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make out of or cover with felt
2 : to cause to adhere and mat together
3 : to make into felt or a similar substance


Definition of felt (Entry 3 of 3)

past tense and past participle of feel

Other Words from felt


feltlike adjective

Examples of felt in a Sentence

Noun She made her son's costume from scraps of felt.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Years ago, the 27-year-old felt pushed by her family into pursuing accounting. Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 Realized in butter-soft Dior-grey felt and suede, the slip-ons come with rubber details and industrial buckles emulating the accents of the Dior Saddle bag. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 21 Jan. 2022 Many of your favorite felt (and real) faces make an appearance in the movie that takes place in a haunted mansion, the interior of which looks very much like a Magic Kingdom attraction. Orlando Sentinel Podcasts, orlandosentinel.com, 28 Oct. 2021 The body of the toy is made from a wool-blend felt and the filling is stuffed with organic catnip, because your cat deserves only the finer things in life. Melissa Epifano, PEOPLE.com, 27 Aug. 2021 Franzon’s ambition is that the felt will earn an overwhelmingly positive reception post-launch too. Amy Nguyen, Forbes, 18 June 2021 His take on a 19th-century Quaker cloak drapes heavily on a mannequin, swallowing its torso and limbs in swaths of heavy felt. BostonGlobe.com, 25 June 2021 So the syndicate alights from the sprawling green felt of the pub pool table to the sprawling green fields of the racetrack. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 My hope is that folks who previously had their head in the sand about these issues of food insecurity and injustice have a felt the tiniest pinch themselves, and will be committed to partnering with all of us to make that necessary change. Eve Turow-paul, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Supreme Court failed the people of Texas, turning its back on nearly 50 years of precedent—and the impact of that failure will be felt across the country. Alexis Mcgill Johnson, ELLE, 4 May 2022 Rumors swirled around Nelson, who had built Milwaukee into a consistent winner but had encountered a falling out with team owner Herb Kohl, and what felt like an imminent departure. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2022 They are employed across the gamut of industries, from technology to healthcare to truck driving, and their absence has been felt by employers already struggling to hire enough people to fill America’s 11.5 million open jobs. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, 3 May 2022 Indeed, my first trip back felt like somewhat of a velvet-rope experience — the town had begun more vigorously enforcing its $100 access permit. New York Times, 3 May 2022 So many women might not have felt as safe among crowds just a year ago. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2022 However, the consistently colder days seem to be coming fewer and farther in between as the effects of climate change are felt across the country and here in Indiana. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 3 May 2022 The death of legendary singer Naomi Judd was a loss that all country music fans felt. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 3 May 2022 In Darcie Little Badger’s novel, Nina is a Lipan girl that’s always felt there was something more out there. Ashlee Conour, Chicago Tribune, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of felt


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for felt


Middle English felt, felte, feelte, going back to Old English felt (only in glosses), going back to West Germanic *felt-, *filt-, probably from a neuter s-stem paradigm *feltaz-/*filtiz- (whence also Old Saxon filt "coarse woolen cloth, blanket," Middle Dutch vilt, vilte, velt "felt," Old High German filz "coarse woolen cloth, felt cover"), of uncertain origin

Note: Germanic *feltaz- "felt" has traditionally been taken as an e-grade ablaut derivative corresponding to o-grade in Old High German falzan, felzan "to inset grooves in a sword blade," falzunga "joint, juncture," continued in Middle High German by givalzen "damaged, knocked or chopped off," velzen "to inlay (gemstones)," valz "mating of birds, channel in a sword blade, middle of a double-edged blade (where two pieces are joined), groove separating the back and cover of a bookbinding." Outside German the only apparent Germanic verbal cognate is modern East Frisian falten "to break down flax fiber," and falte "tool used to soften flax." (See A. Lloyd and R. Lühr, Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Althochdeutschen, Band 3, pp. 44-45.) The original meaning of this verb is taken to have been "to strike, beat," with beating taken to be part of the felt-making process. Another likely nominal derivative of this verb is contained in a word for "anvil" in West Germanic: Old English anfealt, Old High German anafalz (with *falt-) alongside Old English anefilt, anefilte, Middle Dutch aenvilte, anevilte (with *feltja-) (see anvil). Germanic *felt-, *falt- has been further connected to a presumed Indo-European *pel-d-, *pol-d-, from which also allegedly descends Latin pellere "to beat against, push, strike." However, this reconstruction of pellere has more recently been disfavored on both phonetic and semantic grounds—see pulse entry 1. Also of relevance to Germanic *feltaz- is the Slavic etymon represented by Old Russian/Russian Church Slavic pŭlstĭ "felt, felt rug," Russian polst' "felt" (now largely superseded by vójlok, of Turkic origin), Serbian (regional) pȕst, Slovene pôlst, Czech plst, Polish pilść; for pre-Slavic the etymon has been reconstructed as *pl̥d-ti "act of pounding, something pounded" (see C. Michiel Driessen, "Towards an Indo-European Term for 'felt'," Journal of Indo-European Studies, vol. 32 [2004], pp. 25-42). Though the relationship is suggestive, a common etymon for "felt" and definite connections to an Indo-European verbal root are still lacking. See also pileus.

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\ ˈfelt How to pronounce felt (audio) \

Kids Definition of felt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a soft heavy cloth made by rolling and pressing fibers together


Kids Definition of felt (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of feel


Medical Definition of felt

past and past part of feel


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